Jesus told parables to communicate with people. It's important to know how to interpret parables to accurately understand what Jesus was trying to teach. At different times in history, people have used different paradigms to interpret parables.
Lesson Fourteen: The Teachings of Jesus
II. The Genre of Parables (part 1)
A. History of Interpretation
1. Early Church – 500
2. Middle Ages – 1500
3. Reformation – 1888
4. Modern Period
B. Rules for Interpretation
1. Seek the main point of the parable.
2. Seek to understand what Jesus meant.
3. Seek to understand what the evangelist meant.
4. Seek to understand what God is teaching us today in the parable.